Yeah but I think what Viktorvaughn was trying to say was that 'nuum music pre-proto-grime had a certain thickness to the sounds- even where they weren't acoustic samples there was a certain grain to them. Whereas in Grime and Bassline everything has a kind of cheapo-nasty dayglo neon plasticness to it (ie- redolent of the soft-studio/synth technology behind the creation of the tunes) -- certainly old skool speed garage had artificial elements in it, but it had more sonic depth to it (again due to the technology). Although I would add the Cheap n' Nasty aesthetic of Grime and Bassline is actually what makes them interesting, THAT is one of their twists which escapes a mere reduplication of the continuum in a sense.
Yeah, pretty much. Grain is probably a good word to use.